Despite being packed into a crowd of rockers who'd gathered to hear a hard-core metal band take the stage, Ellie Greenhalgh and Bryan Baker — two self-described clean-cut kids — stood out to one another. After bonding over their mutual love of the indie band they had both shown up to see, the pair began dating. "A month after meeting we were already in love, seven months later we moved in together, and seven years later we got married," Ellie says.
For their July 25, 2015, wedding, the couple combined their mutual passions for horseback riding and hiking by welcoming 105 guests to the Lyons Farmette, a Colorado institution that allowed friends and family to experience the couple's outdoor interests. And with the farm (and its earthy-yet-elegant vibe) as their backdrop, the couple was able to bring to life their vision of an organic garden party to life — but with a touch of 1920s glamour (inspired by the ornate beading on the bride's dress). Photographer Tara Polly was on hand to capture all of the gorgeous details that you'll surely want to steal for your own day.
Though the couple personalized their day with every imaginable detail (and even a DIY project or two), Ellie says the planning process was a breeze. "It was amazing, and we loved every second of it," she says. "There was never a time we felt that we felt the process was stressful or overwhelming. We cherished the opportunity to celebrate our excitement with our friends and family during the year leading up to the wedding."
The couple enlisted the help of stationer Heart & Fox to create their illustrated wedding invitations. Floral details and quirky portraits drove home the charming theme of Ellie and Bryan's big day.
Ellie dressed in her head-to-toe beaded BHLDN gown before the wedding, but not at a hotel or family home, but rather inside a classic silver trailer. Her gown, with its dramatic and ornate bead work, became the inspiration for the couple's entire wedding day. "We really played up the vintage inspired feel the beading of the dress conveyed," Ellie explains. Although the couple used the bride's dramatic gown as inspiration to play up the décor throughout the wedding, Ellie played down her accessories, allowing the dress to stand out. She skipped jewelry entirely, adding only a floral crown to her bridal ensemble. "It was hand-beaded by our florist and was one of my favorite details from the wedding," she says of her halo of crystal-studded blooms.
Ellie says that she didn't want to limit her bridesmaids to a single color or style dress, so each attendant wore their favorite fabric and hue, ranging from pale pink to champagne. "It was great because they all looked gorgeous and you could tell they loved their dresses."
When it came to the guys, Ellie says, "I wanted the men to look rustic and handsome, with a little playfulness." That meant Bryan wore a deep blue suit and polka dot tie, while his groomsmen went somewhat more relaxed in tan suspenders with white shirts.
Ellie carried a loose, asymmetrical bouquet of garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and greenery. The result was a dreamy, natural arrangement and exactly what she had imagined.
The couple's ceremony was understandably the most meaningful element of the day for the bride and groom. The Bryan's uncle strummed Beatles tunes on his guitar as both the bride and groom walked down the aisle with each of their respective parents. Then, the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves — sharing visions they had for their future and how lucky both felt to have found the other.
"We wanted to create a statement piece for our seating chart," Ellie says of transforming a vintage truck into a fun display. Their florist created a cascade of greenery and garden roses that was draped over an old tree branch and arranged in the bed of the truck. From there, the couple used wire to hang the seating cards for guests to read. "It turned out to be even more beautiful than we anticipated!"
As another DIY project, the couple created a photo display of themselves and their friends and family for everyone to enjoy during cocktail hour. They attached miniature photos to twine, which they then tied around trees throughout the property.
Smack in the center of Lyons Farmette's property sits a tree with a branch so low it would nearly touch the couple's dining tables. But instead of working around nature, Ellie and Bryan took advantage of this massive limb and decided to incorporate it into their décor. They hung mason jar lanterns from the branch and wrapped string lights around the trunk to create a romantic, whimsical feel.
Guests dined family-style at three long banquet tables covered in white linens and several styles of centerpieces, including gold mercury vases filled with flowers, wooden boxes with blooms, and gold votive candles. The mix helped to create the lush garden party feel the couple was after. The bride and groom's vintage metal chairs, which had been spray-painted in an eggshell blue, were also decorated with swags of punchy flowers.
Food was a priority for the couple, so they served an assortment of appetizers as well as pan-seared trout, grilled flank steak, and pappardelle with wild mushrooms for dinner. Rather than a cake, Ellie and Bryan offered guests ice cream from a local creamery, in flavors like salted Oreo, chocolate, chai, vegan munchies, and raspberry-peach hibiscus sorbet.
A seven-piece band played Motown hits that kept guests dancing all night long. But Ellie and Bryan shared their first dance to the band's cover of "Flowers In Her Hair" by the Lumineers.
For their honeymoon, the couple spent two weeks island hopping around Croatia before coming home to enjoy married life. Reflecting on their wedding day, Ellie says, "You quickly realize nothing else matters the day of the wedding other than just enjoying yourself."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Lyons Farmette || Catering & Planner: Eat: Private Chef & Catering Co. || Bride's Wedding Dress & Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN || Veil: Toni Federici || Hair & Makeup: Janie Rocek || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Banana Republic and Nordstrom || Florist: A Florae || Invitations: Heart & Fox || Music: Mark Diamond Music || Dessert: Little Man Ice Cream || Rentals: All Events Rentals || Photography: Tara Polly Photography
Looking for more vintage-inspired celebration? Then check out another couple's beautiful outdoor wedding with a similar look in the video below!